Definition of oppressive in English:


Syllabification: op·pres·sive
Pronunciation: /əˈpresiv




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  • Hanoi is oppressively hot in July and August but pleasant in October and November, while Ho Chi Minh City's rainy season typically lasts from May to November.
  • And it has been incredibly, horribly, oppressively hot.
  • Anyway, as we know, the word ‘sultry’ isn't confined to describing oppressively hot and damp weather.


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  • She reveals the oppressiveness of housework evident in the series, an unusual viewpoint at a time when heroines in other books were learning to sew and cook.
  • Heavily influenced by French romanticism, Lanusse's poetry in Les Cenelles highlights love, death, and both the pleasures and the general oppressiveness of life.
  • But in America, he suffered under the oppressiveness of Jim Crow, which forced his oversized personality into a more humble version for his white colleagues.


late 16th century: from medieval Latin oppressivus, from Latin oppress- 'pressed against', from the verb opprimere (see oppress).

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